A new Polytechnic president in 2005, a new partnership with New York University in 2008, the new global imperatives of the 21st century… great change, challenges, and opportunities will shape NYU-Poly’s future.
Our 10th President, Jerry M. Hultin, gives his account of where we are and where we’re going in this letter:
"The Future of Polytechnic” (PDF) explores my vision for Polytechnic. I wrote it when I became President in 2005 to open up a discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the school and the impact of the 21st-century global economy on higher education institutions.
I had no doubt that Polytechnic was well positioned for growth; Polytechnic was and is an institution eager to change and grow.
"The Future of Polytechnic” sparked an institute-wide conversation and workshops that shaped the creation and adoption of our "Strategic Plan” (PDF), the roadmap to our future.
The Plan is ambitious. It gives each member of the Polytechnic community — trustees, cabinet members, faculty, staff, students and alumni — a guide to setting priorities and taking actions that will transform Polytechnic into a nationally recognized research institution infused with invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship — what we call i²e.
The Polytechnic community embraced the Strategic Plan. We began to see concrete results from our efforts to create new academic programs, fund innovative research, promote technology transfer and increase enrollment. We then took a step to dramatically accelerate our progress: partnering with New York University.
As Polytechnic Institute of NYU, we can accomplish more than we had ever dreamed for our students, faculty, and institution — in New York, throughout the nation, and around the globe.
This is a real opportunity for each of us to demonstrate the "Power of PolyThinking.” As always, I welcome your ideas and suggestions as Polytechnic moves into an exciting new era in its illustrious history.
Very truly yours,
Jerry M. Hultin